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Firmly grounded by the hallmark strengths of all Norton Anthologies thorough and helpful introductory matter, judicious annotation, complete texts wherever possible The Norton Anthology of English Literature has been revitalized in this Eighth Edition through the collaboration between six new editors and six seasoned ones. Under the direction of Stephen Greenblatt, General Firmly grounded by the hallmark strengths of all Norton Anthologies thorough and helpful introductory matter, judicious annotation, complete texts wherever possible The Norton Anthology of English Literature has been revitalized in this Eighth Edition through the collaboration between six new editors and six seasoned ones. Under the direction of Stephen Greenblatt, General Editor, the editors have reconsidered all aspects of the anthology to make it an even better teaching tool.


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Firmly grounded by the hallmark strengths of all Norton Anthologies thorough and helpful introductory matter, judicious annotation, complete texts wherever possible The Norton Anthology of English Literature has been revitalized in this Eighth Edition through the collaboration between six new editors and six seasoned ones. Under the direction of Stephen Greenblatt, General Firmly grounded by the hallmark strengths of all Norton Anthologies thorough and helpful introductory matter, judicious annotation, complete texts wherever possible The Norton Anthology of English Literature has been revitalized in this Eighth Edition through the collaboration between six new editors and six seasoned ones. Under the direction of Stephen Greenblatt, General Editor, the editors have reconsidered all aspects of the anthology to make it an even better teaching tool.

30 review for The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. B: The Sixteenth Century & The Early Seventeenth Century

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paras2

    well, saying that I'm finished with this book is a total lie 'cause well, about 3000 pages, who can be done with it... but for my first reading, I read all the introductions but not the main texts, so... to be continued... **1st reading, so many more to come** well, saying that I'm finished with this book is a total lie 'cause well, about 3000 pages, who can be done with it... but for my first reading, I read all the introductions but not the main texts, so... to be continued... **1st reading, so many more to come**

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erika Schoeps

    An absolute treasure trove of everything you need to read as a Literature major. I had an awesome time discussing everything in this book in class. If you're new to Literature, DON'T read it without a good professor to guide you through. I would've got nothing out of this without my great professor. An absolute treasure trove of everything you need to read as a Literature major. I had an awesome time discussing everything in this book in class. If you're new to Literature, DON'T read it without a good professor to guide you through. I would've got nothing out of this without my great professor.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Textbook for my British Literature class. If you would like a good overview of literature from the UK, during this time period it's a good book to start out with. Some very well known authors and some that you many not know the name of but will recognize the poem or story. Textbook for my British Literature class. If you would like a good overview of literature from the UK, during this time period it's a good book to start out with. Some very well known authors and some that you many not know the name of but will recognize the poem or story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I feel like I read the majority of this for Lit2.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    I like this series of textbooks. Each section has a clear, concise introduction to different aspects of that theme. It provides brief, informative biographies on each author. It includes a wide variety of authors and poets to choose from. There is no way you could cover everything in this book in one semester. It has wonderful footnotes to help clarify archaic words and phrases as well. All this is presented without any kind of opinion or critique, leaving the passages open for debate or persona I like this series of textbooks. Each section has a clear, concise introduction to different aspects of that theme. It provides brief, informative biographies on each author. It includes a wide variety of authors and poets to choose from. There is no way you could cover everything in this book in one semester. It has wonderful footnotes to help clarify archaic words and phrases as well. All this is presented without any kind of opinion or critique, leaving the passages open for debate or personal interpretation. I really enjoyed it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms

    This has a lot of interesting history of the period, as well as an introduction to the different genres and writers. Not something I would have read right now if I didn't have to read it for class, however, the Norton Anthologies never disappoint me. This has a lot of interesting history of the period, as well as an introduction to the different genres and writers. Not something I would have read right now if I didn't have to read it for class, however, the Norton Anthologies never disappoint me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    / for my early modern british lit class.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Matsuoka

    Unpopular opinion: Canon = another word for overrated. But the editing team did a great job with the writers' biographies and introductions. Unpopular opinion: Canon = another word for overrated. But the editing team did a great job with the writers' biographies and introductions.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Phillip

    Love, love, love the Norton Anthologies. I've already reviewed Volume A, and most of the positive stuff I said is still true of this anthology. The introductory materials are good, and the selection of texts presented is comprehensive. One thing I'm not 100% happy about is the division within the book. There are two broad period overviews, one the the Tudor period and one to the Stuart period and Protectorate. While I get the rationale for drawing a dividing line at 1603, the division within the Love, love, love the Norton Anthologies. I've already reviewed Volume A, and most of the positive stuff I said is still true of this anthology. The introductory materials are good, and the selection of texts presented is comprehensive. One thing I'm not 100% happy about is the division within the book. There are two broad period overviews, one the the Tudor period and one to the Stuart period and Protectorate. While I get the rationale for drawing a dividing line at 1603, the division within the text suggests more of a break than a slight transition. I'd say that the division between Charles I and the Protectorate is probably more stark than the shift from Bess to James I, but I suppose it would be too cumbersome to divide things up any other way.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    All in all, this is a great collection. The variety is wide, with a large number of different topics covered. The notes are helpful, and I can't criticise this book as an introduction to literature of the Renaissance period. The contents are, obviously, limited, and I dislike Norton's editorial process of altering texts written in English English to American spellings - I'd rather read what Shakespeare wrote than what some moronic American editor misspelt. American English is, obviously, appropri All in all, this is a great collection. The variety is wide, with a large number of different topics covered. The notes are helpful, and I can't criticise this book as an introduction to literature of the Renaissance period. The contents are, obviously, limited, and I dislike Norton's editorial process of altering texts written in English English to American spellings - I'd rather read what Shakespeare wrote than what some moronic American editor misspelt. American English is, obviously, appropriate for texts written in American English. American English hadn't been invented when these texts were written.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vernon Ray

    Good selection, the best part was the seriously large section on Milton. Areopogetica was awesome. (It loses a star out of principal, I was forced to buy this book and forced to read it. Perhaps I'll revisit later.) Other highlights: Robert Herrick's poetry, Ben Johnson's Volpone, The Duchess of Malafi. I know there are others but these are the ones off the top of my head. Good selection, the best part was the seriously large section on Milton. Areopogetica was awesome. (It loses a star out of principal, I was forced to buy this book and forced to read it. Perhaps I'll revisit later.) Other highlights: Robert Herrick's poetry, Ben Johnson's Volpone, The Duchess of Malafi. I know there are others but these are the ones off the top of my head.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christian Brown

    If you like English Literature, then invest in these works. Between Volumes 1 and 2, it covers all major works from the dawn of time to modern writers. It's got just about everything you'd ever want or need! If you like English Literature, then invest in these works. Between Volumes 1 and 2, it covers all major works from the dawn of time to modern writers. It's got just about everything you'd ever want or need!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Hernandez

    Though I confess I have not read each poem and last story, the book itself is as guiding as the bible. It is full of morals, theories, teachings, laughter (unlike the bible), and truths. These stories are a challenge, a puzzle, a maze and when complete, a break through!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    As with Volume A, The Norton Anthology of English Literature is a comprehensive collection of mid century English literature. Truly the only unfortunate thing about it is the size: it is horrendous to carry around!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tree

    The material in this anthology has a fantastic array of 16-17 c. works. I really wish it didn't feel like the book would fall apart in my next reading, though... The material in this anthology has a fantastic array of 16-17 c. works. I really wish it didn't feel like the book would fall apart in my next reading, though...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ijorabi

    Includes a wide variety of prose, poetry, and history. An excellent introduction to English literature.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    This is quite the anthology of really great and pertinent literature--especially for the aspiring scholar of the English language.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jewels

    Please see my review of volumes A & C, because the same opinion holds true for this volume.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Becky Hoffman

    Had to read this for my British Literature class, and I really enjoyed the collection of stories in it. Finally getting to read some Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Marlow.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sannie Hald

    Read some of the context for university.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mairéad (is roaming the Undying Lands)

    4.5 Stars. ***Read For School***

  22. 4 out of 5

    Clare

    Read for my degree, various books inside, all interesting in their own way. worth a read if interested in the time period.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chantel

    I haven't read every story, but a large portion and I found some really great works in there. Stories I hope to tell my children one day! I haven't read every story, but a large portion and I found some really great works in there. Stories I hope to tell my children one day!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Textbook for my Tudor British Literature class.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Roya

    Is it too dorky, that I actually wished the Milton part was much, much longer?

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jacque

    Love the Shakespeare unit! Twelfth Night was hilarious and sad!

  27. 5 out of 5

    McKenzie/literarydragon

    All in all a good anthology. Frustrating that it had ALMOST all of Milton's Paradise Lost, then randomly decided to leave off the last few books. All in all a good anthology. Frustrating that it had ALMOST all of Milton's Paradise Lost, then randomly decided to leave off the last few books.

  28. 4 out of 5

    sch

    Quitting this edition and resuming with a recently delivered 9th edition.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ozbolt

    Milton makes my head hurt

  30. 4 out of 5

    Curtis

    I enjoyed Doctor Fastus.

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